Written by Lisa Allen, MD
When blood flow to certain parts of the body especially the body extremities like arm and feet are restricted, a tingling sensation is experienced. This tingling is a signal to the person to be mindful of the condition and in rarely a serious affair.
But if this sensation is followed by associated other signals so to speak, then it is proper that the tingling be given its due and a doctor consulted. The tingling in the left arm is particularly important as the heart is located near this arm.
More than a cause and reason, any numbness should be treated with the seriousness that it so desires. If some forms of paralysis of limbs are experienced without having any particular reason or cause for it to happen, then it is not a good sign.
The Typical Causes For Tingling In The Left Arm
Poor Circulation: The significance of the left arm as compared to the right one is in its proximity to the heart or the body pump. Thus any issues to the heart are reflected in the extremity that is in close proximity to the heart. But in the normal course of events a good rub should be able to remove the discomfiture and if it so happens that the tingling persists for a longer time then medical attention must be sought.
Vitamin Deficiency: Usually the tingling of body parts is associated with the nerve endings that terminate in the region. If a person were to be deficient of the essential vitamins and minerals, it is possible that the region could experience tingling. With different deficiencies, it is a different sort of tingle. A good doctor would be able to set at rest any apprehension that someone with a tingling could have and if it is due to a vitamin deficiency.
Alcohol: People that abuse alcohol rather than as a once in a while experience do complain of tingling or funny feeling of the arms. This is a reversible process that sets itself right if the habit is kept in check for some time. The alcohol does negatively impact the nerves of the body particularly the body extremities and this is compounded by the poor dietary habits that most alcoholics follow.
Motor Disorders: By this we mean the defects to motion and the factors that aid motion in a person starting with the nerve actuators in the body. This is a field that is being updated constantly and the complex nature of body movements that requires more than just a single body facility ensures that solutions to the tingling must be approached from many directions.
Heart Attack: The very first signs of a heart attack are usually with a slight tingling of the left arm. Thus it pays to be informed of the signs that together with the tingling of the arm warm of an impending heart attack. It is possible to detect the tingle at the very onset and corrective or precautionary steps could be initiated.
Hereditary Factors: Genetics is a very complex field and doctors have not despite the best efforts been able to decipher the twists and turns that a condition inherited from the parents or forefathers play in conditions of a particular person. The very nascent nature of the study of genetics can mean that a lot of reasons for a sensation in the body extremities simply cannot be explained.
Toxins: The way the body reacts or behaves to toxins present in nature is a true mystery. And this is compounded by the different reactions that different people display to the same type or family of toxins. Thus the study of toxins and its effect on people remains largely inconclusive.
What Treatments Are Available For Tingling Sensation In The Body Extremities?
A Good Rub: This is the most effective cure to tingling conditions that are due to superficial reasons like sleeping on an arm or placing the weight on a member for a long time. In most instances if a rub would get rid of a tingling sensation, it basically means that there are no deeper causes and there should not be much to worry.
A Balanced Diet: It is best advised that a people follow a balanced diet as far as possible. This would not only take care of the tingles but a lot more issues that might otherwise occur. Health as a whole is guaranteed by a balanced and wholesome diet. It would not cost anything extra to ensure a balanced diet only an attention to eating the right sort of food.
Regular Exercise: The role of keeping fit has taken a back seat with the different pressures that modern lifestyles have come to place on people. If just half an hour of time could be used to perform a small routine and regularly, then the benefit is bound to be noticed in the general well being of a person. This is bound to keep the tingles and a lot more issues under control.
Clean Water: Of all the food that people ingest, it is the water that plays the most important role. It could be because the body is predominantly composed of water. The role clean water plays in maintaining good health thus cannot be stressed enough.
Thus it is to be noticed that it takes just some commonsense steps to keep the tingles at bay. It is just a general awareness that can produce good results than the use of complicated methods and ways. Rarely has there been a simple fix to a problem of tingling in the extremities that is so possible in day to day life.
The complex and related functioning of the various body parts ensure that a simple sensation in the limbs cannot be ignored. There could be a number of complex methods to finding the right cause to the phenomenon but a simpler approach is to maintain a good and balanced diet with the use of clean and pure water at all times. A few preventive steps would do a world of good.